Licking corruption


THIS is seemingly odd, even for me. I was 10 years old when I realized what governments were for. In my lifetime, I have already been under five administrations, the last of which was the Noynoy Aquino administration.

I can’t remember whether or not those past administrations were addressing the biggest problem in government  — corruption, something which post-Marcos governments should have addressed squarely.

There had been government officials  sanctioned and terminated at the time because of corruption, but maybe I didn’t give a damn to what was happening around me at that time, since I was just a happy-go-lucky guy back then.

But now, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is slowly changing my perception on corruption in government.

The Duterte administration has displayed a strong will in dealing with this problem and seems hellbent in curbing corruption in government, getting rid of those so-called “public servants” whose motives and goals are everything but to serve.

And so far, one by one, heads are rolling because the President had them tagged as corrupt officials, and it’s fair to say that he is giving people a run for their money.

I sure just hope that this will not be one those Pinoy trait — the ningas-kugon. If the President succeeds in doing this, then maybe we are seeing the beginning of a clean and honest government ready to truly serve the public.